England international Chris Jordan and Middlesex captain Dawid Malan helped Peshawar Zalmi win the Pakistan Super League on an emotional night for the nation's cricketing public in troubled Lahore.
Both Jordan and Malan bravely accepted the invitation to travel to Pakistan for the final - which has not hosted international cricket since Sri Lanka's team bus was attacked en route to the Gaddafi Stadium by terrorists in 2009, an incident which claimed the lives of six policemen and two civilians.
Remarkably, umpire Ahsan Raza, who was left in a serious condition when he was shot twice during the attack, stood in Sunday's match.
They did so against the advice of the Professional Cricketers' Association and the international equivalent - FICA - who both deemed it an unacceptable security threat after several deadly terror attacks in Lahore already this year.
Peshawar breezed to victory by 58 runs, bowling out Quetta Gladiators for 90 having posted 148 for six, but the mere fact of the game taking place safely at a sold-out Gaddafi made the result secondary to the statement.
It was a game many felt would never really be staged in the country, with Dubai on standby, but an elaborate security operation involving over 10,000 personnel, a protective perimeter and triple-layered screening on entry saw the event go ahead as planned.
The group stages and knockout games had all taken place in the United Arab Emirates and the English contingent of Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright and Tymal Mills all declined to make the trip to Lahore with Quetta, despite generous bonuses for taking part.
Fellow foreign imports Brendon McCullum and Rilee Rossouw, commentators Danny Morrison, Mel Jones and Alan Wilkins and even television production company Sunset&Vine also chose not to travel.
Malan opened the batting, scoring 17, with Jordan scoring eight not out and taking one wicket.
West Indian duo Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels also represented Peshawar, while Quetta were able to draft Morne van Wyk and Sean Ervine as short-notice overseas players following their earlier withdrawals.